2018-2019 Programs

Variety is the Spice of Life

Our program agenda will encompass a broad range of programs given by a very interesting group of presenters from all works of life with very different experiences and expertise.  Hold on to your hat and we hope you enjoy the road we travel.


SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Jerrie Mock: First Woman to Fly Around the World

Presenter – Nancy Roe Pimm

Nancy Roe Pimm, author, researched and interviewed Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly around the world. Jerrie was a housewife from Newark, Ohio.  She made a historic feat at a time when most women were expected to be home in the kitchen.  Jerrie flew her trusty Cessna, The Spirit of Columbus, on an eastward route that totaled nearly twenty-three thousand miles and took almost a month.  We will learn more about this little known woman from the author of THE JERRIE MOCK STORY- THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY SOLO AROUND THE WORLD.


OCTOBER 8, 2018

Fraud Schemes

Presenter – Sergeant Art Kester, Delaware Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Kester will present a power point presentation regarding current fraud schemes.  The presentation will cover who is being targeted and ways to identify a scam.  It will cover the IRS scam, fake accident/arrest scam, lottery winner, compromised credit card numbers, skimmers, computer repair scam, and overpayment for sales of items, online, Secret or Mystery Shopper, puppy scam, and other issues involving email phishing, identity theft, online dating and contractor scams.  There will be time for questions.


NOVEMBER 12, 2018

New Horizons and Career Development at the Ohio Reformatory for Women

Presenters – Lyn Savidge and Diana Tucker

Find out more about incarcerated women in Ohio and how two organizations are making a difference in the lives of the women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

The One Stop Career Center is a partnership of state and local agencies and organizations that provide free employment-related services to job seekers and employers.  It provides job search tools, information on training and supportive services. Diana teaches workshops through the One Stop Career Center at the ORW.  Her courses focus on developing resumes, networking and interviewing skills along with other on the job-interpersonal communication skills.

Horizon is a yearlong faith-bases character reformation initiative based on placing participants in family units within a Horizon dorm at the institution.  It aims to empower participants to face the reality of what brought them to prison and help them build the character necessary to change that reality.  Lyn works with the Outside Sister Program within Horizon, which involves building caring, respectful relationships in weekly meetings with program participants.


DECEMBER 10, 2018

The Candy Cane Gala

Music – Jerry Mahr, Pianist

Jerry plays with many musical groups including the Kettering Orchestra. Music through the social hour and dinner.

Presenter – Kevin Cordi, Ph.D.

Kevin is a professor, author, story teller, and story teacher. He is known internationally as a storyteller and teacher. Kevin is also an award –winning author and is considered a pioneer in the youth storytelling movement. He will entertain us with a holiday theme storytelling experience.


JANUARY 14, 2019

The Opiate Crisis:  Local Impact and Intervention

Presenter – Ashley Garcia, Franklin County Department of Public Health

Our local counties are in the midst of an opiate crisis. The state of Ohio currently ranks #2 in the country for drug overdose deaths. At the local level, since 2003 Franklin County witnessed a 581% increase in accidental overdose deaths: a number that only continues to rise. This presentation will cover pertinent topics and empower attendees to become engaged in efforts that promote recovery and will end with a call to action and a message of hope.  We can all take action to help save a life.


FEBRUARY 11, 2019

An Evening with President Lincoln – The Unknown Lincoln: Stories Seldom Told

Presenter – Robert Brugler, a nationally recognized Lincoln presenter and historian

Robert has presented at many notable locations, including Gettysburg, PA., Washington, D.C., The White House, Londonderry, Ireland, The Ohio Governor’s Residence, Appomattox, VA., and Springfield, IL, where the Lincoln family lived.

He is a retired teacher, adjunct professor at Columbus State Community College, and Lifetime Member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters and past Vice Presidents.

Robert will take us back in time. With his uncanny resemblance to Abe, audiences feel they are visiting with” Old Abe” himself.  According to Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio, “ Bob is wonderful as an interpreter in teaching and informing his audiences as well as engaging and entertaining adults and children.  His knowledge of Lincoln is encyclopedic.”

His presentation will cover many facts and stories not generally known to the public.


MARCH 11, 2019

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Presenter – John Tonti, Retired Hiker

The Appalachian Trail runs through the mountains from Maine to Georgia. It is over Twenty-Two Hundred miles.  John will use pictures to show the trail and will show examples of necessary equipment for the difficult journey.  He will share his experiences while he hiked the trail.  The trail is very difficult.  Some do it in stages but few finish.  John made it to the end in one hike.


APRIL 8, 2019

Tiffany’s: Then and Now

Presenter – Lori Swanson, Representative, Easton Town Center

Lori will present a pictorial history of the Tiffany Company from its inception in great selection of rings and unusual jewelry pieces and selections of giftware.

Some of the most outstanding jewelry pieces from the Tiffany store at Easton Town Center will be on display for your enjoyment and always for purchase.


MAY 11. 2019

Spring Fling Brunch at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club

Fashion Show by Soft Surroundings, Easton Town Center

Presenter – Philippa Houston, Moderator for Fashion Show

Soft Surroundings is a St. Louis based store with many satellite stores throughout the country. The first catalogue was mailed in July of 1999.  A newer store in Easton Town Center is the first in Columbus.  The store caters to women of all ages and sizes.  Their goal is to ensure that customers maintain their unique sense of style without sacrificing comfort.

All models for the show will be from our membership, and they will be modeling their favorite fashions from petite through women’s sizes.

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